McNabb was inconsistent in performance but the leader in him shone bright. Despite a depleted offensive line he passed for three hundred seventy-six yards. Even as he misfired on throws while receivers dropped others, the Redskins did not stop believing in him, nor did he stop believing in his team.
The opposite was true with Tennessee. Once Rookie quarterback Rusty Smith entered the game, the Titans appeared to be deflated. The defense while holding the Redskins in check lost their cool and practically gave the game away. They seemed to take on the persona of a Randy Moss, quitting and cheating their way to recognition and ultimately producing a loss.
Now at an even 5-5, the Redskins still have reasonable playoff aspirations. They may not be good enough to warrant a wild card game, however their heart just might get them there. With just six more games remaining in the season, three of them against division foes, the Redskins grind forward with hope.
When the season is complete and the Super Bowl Champion crowned, all professional teams will be able to go back and pinpoint one game as the defining moment of their season. For the Redskins, this week’s victory over the Tennessee Titans is that game. The Titans defeated the New York Giants in New York. They beat Dallas in Dallas and beat the Philadelphia Eagles convincingly.
Tennessee was looking for the sweep against the NFC East. The Redskins may be the least talented team in the division, but they showed the most heart against the Titans, and became the only NFC East team to beat them. You can’t underestimate the value of heart. Likewise you can’t underestimate the Washington Redskins.